CHAD Schofield today took a major step to resuming his career when he gained a medical clearance to resume riding, reports Racing Network.

Schofield must pass a concussion test on Monday, but expects to be back riding track work on Tuesday and then resume riding at Moonee Valley on Saturday week.

The swiftness in his return to riding has even surprised Schofield, who suffered small fractures to his back, a dislocated elbow and nerve damage following a fall a fall at Geelong on December 7 last year.

Schofield admitted he thought he may not be back riding for at least another month.

“The doctor today cleared my in regards to my back and my arm, now all I have to do is pass the concussion test and I’ll do that on Monday,” Schofield said.

“It’s very good news. I thought I would be out for two to three months, even up until a couple of weeks ago I thought it would be a while before I started riding.

“I’m looking to have a couple of rides at the (Moonee) Valley on Saturday week. My elbow has mended and all the work I’ve been doing has strengthened it.”

Schofield said it was his right elbow which presented the bigger injury to deal with, but he has been attending daily physio sessions as well as going to the gym.

He said although he hasn’t ridden a horse for six weeks he said his fitness was good.

“I’m fit and well and ready to get back into it,” Schofield said